Study unravels mysteries of the aging Down syndrome brain

In the first study of its kind, researchers from Sanford Burnham Prebys have uncovered molecular changes within the aging brains of individuals with Down syndrome that could help explain their cognitive challenges, including the uniform development of Alzheimer’s disease in these individuals later in life. The findings, published in the…

Nipah virus: Could it cause the next pandemic?

The severe and devastating consequences of the coronavirus pandemic were undoubtedly made worse by a substantial lack of pandemic preparedness, with the exception of East and South East Asia, which had built up defenses after their experience with SARS in 2003. So it is crucial that governments begin to develop…

Is treadmill running easier than outdoor running?

You might be sheltered from the elements, but is treadmill running easier than running outside? Hitting the treadmill for a run is popular and for good reason too. These machines can provide you with a brilliant form of aerobic exercise, no matter the weather. Come rain or shine, this running…

Neurons in visual cortex of the brain ‘drift’ over time

New research from Washington University in St. Louis reveals that neurons in the visual cortex—the part of the brain that processes visual stimuli—change their responses to the same stimulus over time. Although other studies have documented “representational drift” in neurons in the parts of the brain associated with odor and…